Hope Solo Says She Was Drunk on ‘Today’

Hope Solo (Photo: Francesco Carrozzini for ESPN The Magazine/Us Weekly)

U.S. women’s soccer star and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Hope Solo said in an article that the women’s soccer team may have enjoyed their 2008 Olympic gold medal a little bit too much.

She says in an interview with ESPN the Magazine that she had been partying with teammates (and a few celebrities) all night before being interviewed on the “Today” show. She now admits to being drunk during her portion of the NBC program.

“When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the ‘Today’ show drunk,” she told the publication before adding, “Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials — which is absolutely unheard of.”

The Olympian than described that atmosphere at Olympic Village as a wild time.

“Athletes are extremists,” Solo says. “When they’re training, it’s laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it’s 20 drinks.”

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